2017 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West

Apr 28, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers first round pick Mike Williams poses for photos during a press conference at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The AFC West is in in the midst of change. The franchise formerly known as the San Diego Chargers now calls Los Angeles home, while the Oakland Raiders are loading the moving trucks for Las Vegas with 2017 likely being their last season in the black hole. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs have had little drama this offseason, aside from the departures of key veterans like Demarcus Ware and Jamal Charles.

Here’s a look at how the AFC West performed in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Chargers:  A

Draft class:

Mike Williams | WR | Clemson (1.07)
Forrest Lamp | OG | Western Kentucky (2.38)
Dan Feeney | OG | Indiana (3.71)
Rayshawn Jenkins | S | Miami (4.113)
Desmond King | CB | Iowa (5.151)
Sam Tevi | OT | Utah (6.190)
Isaac Rochell | DE | Notre Dame (7.225)

Analysis:  The Los Angels Chargers’ draft haul looks a lot like what a fan’s dream scenario probably was before the weekend began.  Mike Williams will provide Phillip Rivers with a physical, big-bodied target downfield. He’ll be a great complement to Keenan Allen, even with his speed limitations.  Allen and Williams have a chance to be one of the more formidable young pass-catching duos in the NFL.  Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney will revamp the interior of the Chargers’ offensive line in one draft.  They’re both plug-and-play starters who will be high-end NFL performers.  Desmond King is a steal in the fifth round.  He’ll emerge as a potential starter at safety.  Isaac Rochell was one of the more impressive defensive linemen at the Senior Bowl and represents great value in the seventh round.  He’ll make the team and will contribute in year one.


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Denver Broncos:  B-

Draft class:

Garett Bolles | OT | Utah (1.20)
DeMarcus Walker | DE | Florida State (2.51)
Carlos Henderson | WR | LA Tech (3.82)
Brendan Langley | CB | Lamar (3.101)
Jake Butt | TE | Michigan (5.145)
Isaiah McKenzie | WR | Georgia (5.172)
De’Angelo Henderson | RB | Coastal Carolina (6.203)
Chad Kelly | QB | Ole Miss (7.253)

Analysis:  The Denver Broncos added at least one sure-fire starter in their 2017 draft class in first-rounder Garett Bolles.  He’ll get a chance to prove he can hang as a left tackle; At worst, he’ll be a high-end right tackle because of his mean and physical style of play.  DeMarcus Walker’s 16 sacks last season are a little inflated. He’s a sound player, but he’s not 16-sack special.  Carlos Henderson is a slippery pass-catcher who will challenge for a lot of reps on game day.  Tight end Jake Butt is great value in the fifth round, assuming his knee makes a full recovery.  He would’ve been a second-round prospect if it wasn’t for the bowl-game injury.  If he makes it all the way back, he’ll be starting by mid-season.  Chad Kelly lasted until the final pick of the draft for a reason.  At best, he’s an NFL backup.


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